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Inspired by Peter Carey’s Man Booker prize winning novel, Justin Kurzel’s TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG shatters the mythology of the notorious icon to reveal the essence behind the life of Ned Kelly and force a country to stare back into the ashes of its brutal past. Spanning the younger years of Ned’s life to the time leading up to his death, the film explores the blurred boundaries between what is bad and what is good, and the motivations for the demise of its hero. Youth and tragedy collide in the Kelly Gang, and at the beating heart of this tale is the fractured and powerful love story between a mother and a son.

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George MacKay - Essie Davis - Nicholas Hoult - Orlando Schwerdt - Thomasin McKenzie - Sean Keenan - Earl Cave - Marlon Williams - Louis Hewson with Charlie Hunnam and Russell Crowe
Production Completion
Drama, Thriller
Production Company
Porchlight Films Pty Ltd
International Sales
Memento Films International

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Screen News

Liz Watts on producing

The producer of Animal Kingdom, The King and True History of the Kelly Gang shares her insights on producing.

25 Jun 2020
By Matthew Jenkin
Operation Buffalo: behind the scenes

Podcast – Stan CEO Mike Sneesby

Hear about the origins of Stan, why original programming matters, and what the future of television in Australia could look like.

18 Nov 2019
By Caris Bizzaca
Podcast – Alastair McKinnon: Matchbox Pictures

Media Releases

Six Australian projects selected for Toronto International Film Festival

I Am Woman will have its World Premiere at the festival alongside True History of the Kelly Gang, Dirt Music and Black B*tch (working title).

16 Aug 2019